Cole | Wathen | Leid | Hall, P.C. has for years recognized that attorneys and insurers must take certain steps to remain competitive and cost effective. By specializing in distinct areas of insurance law, our need for legal research is reduced.
Knowledge of policy requirements, legal procedures, strategy, and tactics, together with knowledge of expert witnesses, investigators, appraisers, adjusters and others involved in our areas of practice, increases our efficiency. Most importantly, by working closely with claims personnel, sensible decisions can be made as to what legal work is truly necessary for each case, thereby achieving the desired result at a reasonable cost.
The firm has many years of experience in handling suspected fraudulent claims under commercial and homeowner policies. Our firm won defense verdicts in the Pang Warehouse loss and in the case of Manglona v. Allstate, the largest Commercial and Homeowner’s arson losses in the history of Washington State. We conduct examinations under oath, assist insurers in conducting investigations of suspicious claims, and represent insurers in the litigation of fraudulent claims.
Cole, Wathen, Leid & Hall handles numerous construction defect cases, including first party and third party issues. We have obtained defense verdicts in front of juries on multi-million dollar cases on alleged collapse and other defect or water intrusion cases.
A substantial part of our practice is devoted to advising adjusters, supervisors and managers during the investigation and adjustment of claims. Typically, the problems include policy interpretation, loss measurement, coverage opinions, good faith requirements, examinations under oath, appraisal and other areas.
The firm also routinely defends claims involving allegations of Bad Faith and violations of the Consumer Protection Act. We are particularly proud of our record of providing advice at a reasonable cost, which keeps insurance companies out of Court and anticipates problems before they occur.